The 26 year old, who has not been named, was traced by detectives after the owner of the house reported the crime.
Officers noticed the computer was still on and when the 52 year old owner touched the keyboard, the social network site's homepage flashed up.
The man, from Albano Laziale near Rome told police he was not a member, and they quickly realised the last person to use the computer had been the burglar.
He had written several messages on his wall - but not revealed he was carrying out a crime - and police were quickly able to trace him and recover cash and jewellery that had been taken.
Major Ivo Di Blasio, of the carabinieri paramilitary police, said:"He was tempted to log on during the break in and it led to his arrest - it was a silly mistake to make and we were onto him very quickly.
"The owner of the house had left the computer on and when the Facebook site flashed up on the screen we had the name of the burglar and we simply went to his house and arrested him, as well as recovering the goods.
"He did not expect us at all and was very surprised when we told him how we had tracked him down. He has a history of break-ins and will now go before a judge."
Monday, October 05, 2009
Let's face it: Some people are just stupid
This post at Strange in San Antonio reminded me of this story from Italy that I heard mentioned on the news this morning.